SDR praised for new look
Professor Lee Ann Roripaugh became the editor-in-chief of South Dakota Review, the USD English Department's professional literary journal this year, taking over from Professor Brian Bedard, who retired in May 2011. The beautiful new fall 2011 issue of SDR received words of praise from New Pages; see http://newpagesblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/lit-mags-gone-gorgeous-south-dakota.html .
Dakota Writing Project to Host Holocaust Institute August 1-6, 2010
The Dakota Writing Project, a non-profit teachers' organization affiliated with the University of South Dakota English Department and the National Writing Project, is hosting the Dakota Writing Project 2010 Holocaust Institute August 1-6, 2010, with follow-up online discussions and an additional face-to-face meeting on November 6, 2010. Educators from around the state and region are attending this important institute.
Using identity as a central theme, the institute will focus on the resilience of the Jewish and Native American communities when confronted with traumatic events such as the Holocaust and the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Middle school and high school teachers at this institute will explore these issues and develop unit plans that can be brought back to their classrooms. This institute is intended to help teachers and their students appreciate the importance of tolerance, acceptance, and respect of all cultures while recognizing the unique challenges that our state faces. Educators who attend the Institute will receive free books and other teaching materials, thanks in part to support from the Holocaust Educators Network.
The Institute will culminate with a session on Saturday, November 6, 2010, with visitor Deborah Batiste from the Anti-Defamation League.
For more information, visit http://orgs.usd.edu/dwp/holocaust .
VLP Events: Sept. Meeting, Poetry Slams, and a Youth Writing Camp
The Vermillion Literary Project, an award-winning student organization at the U., invites students of any major, undergraduate or graduate, to join. No experience is required, and members can participate in one activity or several. The VLP publishes an annual literary magazine, publishes electronically (via a website, weblog, and podcasts), runs a creative writing camp for high schools students, hosts monthly poetry slams, and holds a three-hour short story contest and other literary events, most of which are open to the general public. And the VLP has a good time doing it. The first meeting of the 2007-08 school year will be held Friday, September 7th, at 4 p.m., in Dakota Hall 201 (English Department, Writing Center). Come and learn more about the VLP!
Of course, the VLP has been busy over the summer. On the last Thursday of each month, they've held poetry slams, competitions for poets, in downtown Vermillion. You can catch the next two VLP poetry slams on Thursday, August 30 and Thursday, September 27, at the Coffee Shop Gallery, 24 W. Main Street, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and slam, including newbies--prizes are awarded! Poets who plan to slam should bring at least three poems. There will also be a featured reader to start off the event each month. A good time will be had by all. These slams are free and open to the general public. For more information about the VLP, visit http://www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit.
The VLP and the Dakota Writing Project, a local teachers' organization affiliated with the National Writing Project, are holding the Sorcerer's Apprentice Creative Writers' Camp, a one-day camp for high school students, on Saturday, September 22nd, in Old Main. There will be workshops on fiction, poetry, revision, and performance, followed by a 4:30 p.m. reading by the participants for the general public. For more information and a registration form, visit http://www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/camp.